LF Correction: BMW 330 ZHP Imola Red with Water Etching

Red 330ZHP to address the light water marking on the surface. Easily removed with M205 & Orange 5.5 Low profile pad. More inspection I found swirling and copious amounts of RIDS/Etching. Special thanks to Nth Degree Detailing for lending a Highline II PTG Meter.

Prior to correction, thickness readings were averaged 120-110. After average read at 110-100, in some problem areas were as low as 80! For life of the vehicle and sake of overall appearance my 1-2 combo of Meguiars + Menzerna was chosen.

Wheels  – Optimum Power Clean various brushes.

Tires – Optimum OptiBond

Wash – Bath with Optimum Wash, Power Clean – Pre Wash/Prep Paint.

Decontamination – Yellow Clay, Nanoskin Towel, Optimum No Rinse

Polish – M105 & D300 via DA MF Megs Pad. Spot Buff Orange 3inch + M105. Menzerna SF 4000 via  Orange 5.5 Low Profile DA

Wax – Optimum GPS, OptiSeal, Optimum Car wax

Various Products: OptiClean, PB Trim Restorer, GR 40 on Trim Cleaner.


– Initial inspection showed fair amount of swirling.

– Paint looked good, but not in great condition.

– The main object of concern, water etching from a sprinkler in January.

In Process – Water etching removed, no light or medium swirling. Only microscopic RIDS could be found under heavy halogen usage.

After – Sun as usual playing a game of In & Out.


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